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Summary

From the best-selling author of My Sister's Keeper comes the riveting story of a murder that shatters the picturesque calm of Amish country - and tests the heart and soul of the lawyer defending the woman at the center of the storm.

The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: Circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life. When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big-city attorney, comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide - and for the first time in her high-profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own. Delving deep inside the world of those who live "plain", Ellie must find a way to reach Katie on her terms. And as she unravels a tangled murder case, Ellie also looks deep within - to confront her own fears and desires when a man from her past reenters her life.

©2000 Jodi Picoult (P)2000 Simon & Schuster

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Brilliant

I love the way Jodi writes her stories and what she writes her stories about! I couldn’t stop listening!

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Great book awful narrations

I first read this as a book and enjoyed it as much as I enjoy all of Jodi Picoult's books. But the narration and interpretation of this is really poor. It is painful and almost embarrassing how the Amish characters are read as though they are slow and stupid and some characters voices/narration are downright annoying. Would not listen to again.

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Terrible Narration

I had a hard time persevering to the end of this because of the narration, the only reason I toughed it out was because I wanted to know what happened. The narrators' harsh voices do not suit the majority of the characters, especially those of the Amish. The only time the harshness remotely suits the characters it is for the prosecutor and the detective, two characters who are not in as many chapters as everyone else. Even so, it was really hard to listen to the prosecutor during the courtroom scenes because, like another reviewer said, he ends up sounding sleazy or angry ... especially when it was Suzanne Toren's turn to read, her voice was really jarring.

The fact there are two different narrators is very distracting as well because their voices for characters were so different that it was confusing and hard to get used to. Just when you might get used to one narrator's voices for the characters, a new chapter would come along and go back to the other narrator. The most marked difference in voices was for one of the most important characters in the book, Katie. Suzanne Toren's voice for Katie sounded ridiculous and not even real, more like a voice someone would do for a puppet, although she did try to do an Amish accent. I ended up preferring Christina Moore's voice for Katie, accentless, but at least she sounded like a real person. I really wish there had just been one narrator for the whole book.

The story itself was pretty good, and it did keep my interest enough to make me put up with the narration. I will say it wasn't the best Jodi Picoult book I've ever read but not the worst either. I think I would have liked it better if I'd read it as a printed book.

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Loved every moment of Plain Truth

It kept me gripped from the very start. The characters drew me in, the story kept me guessing. Sad to have finished it.

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Very interesting but went on a bit

It's an interesting look at what it means to be Amish and I found myself researching the subject further after finishing this. The main thread of the story was engaging enough to keep me listening but was quite a slow burn. This is my first Jodi Picoult listen so I'm not sure if this is her usual pace but I like a bit more action and a few more twists and turns.

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  • Lu
  • 17-01-17

Picoult doing what she does best

I really got into this book, as with most Jodi picoult novels I found it followed the typical legal and moral dilemma path, raising ethical issues and evoking conflicting & fluctuating feelings.

Although the pattern is familiar the story is unique and explores a community and lifestyle that is interesting to learn about/gain an insight into. Similarly, the obvious research the author has done in order to describe in so much detail and with such accuracy the legal arguments also enables me to be educated without feeling like I was in a classroom or being lectured to.

I think picoult's best craft is weaving such strong and meaty subjects and research inbetween layers of heart, human emotion and relationships. I think I am trying to say she opens up unfamiliar and perhaps unappealing topics and /or science by making it accessible through gripping drama.

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boring

was expecting a bigger better ending not worth the read. it's a shame as I feel like I wasted a credit

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  • SarahLee
  • 04-05-16

Good story, fix the reading.

Why are there two readers alternately reading the same parts??? They sound nothing alike and it only serves to confuse the listener throughout the entire book. This absolutely needs to be re-recorded. The story itself was good, not great. There's a paranormal aspect that seemed to go nowhere and the ending was a disappointment but it was worth listening to.

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  • melissa
  • 05-05-16

Nice story

Good insite into Amish life. Interesting story. A little long and redundant but that's a court case for ya..

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  • Gail Palmer
  • 20-03-17

Great Read

An enlightening insight into Amish life and lifestyle. Kept me guessing right up to the last paragraph! Great story.

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  • KittyScrambles
  • 04-03-17

Let's get better narrators

I love Jodi Picoult books sooooo much!!! But seriously, what is up with all of the audiobook narrators being TERRIBLE!!!!! Not a single one of her books has a good narrator. I wish I had time to read the books myself so I wouldn't have to listen to such irritating voices...

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  • horsestuff
  • 21-02-17

Slow, predictable, boring

Long on Amish culture which I liked but the story fell flat. They went over and over and over again the fact that there were no facts to this case - characters were introduced with no purpose and no follow-up, very sloppy writing - really no purpose to this novel.

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  • Summer L
  • 01-02-17

Not worth it

The twist in this book is so painfully obvious the entire time. You get taken all around with no reward. I don't know if I've ever figured out who a murderer is this easily and waited so long for it to be revealed.

The only thing I liked about this book was learning more about being Amish. Otherwise, it was a total waste of time. The narrators were super annoying when reading Katie's voice, and they kept switch back and forth but not as different characters, each narrator read all parts, which was just strange to me.

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  • Norma Luther
  • 12-04-18

This was not one of the best.

This story seemed to drag. The readers tone gave the book a choppy feeling. The story was ok but the but could have been much shorter.

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  • Gerry Bertnick
  • 03-01-18

The plain truth

I enjoyed this book very much. For me it was a glimpse into the Amish world. Something I knew little about. Jodi Picoult has again given me a read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
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  • KarynRN
  • 01-01-18

The Plain Truth

As with all of Jodi Picoult’s stories, there is always a twist at the end of every story, which I feel is very intriguing. As I began the story, I was soon able to make my opinion of the true guilty person. Great story! This would be one that I would listen to again!

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  • Nancy
  • 28-11-17

Hoped for more

I have enjoyed reading Jodi Picoult in the past, but this book disappointed. Without being able to skim over the repetition by reading, it was tedious in sections. Then there was the legal drama part. Since I have been a trial attorney for more than 40 years, I couldn't help but be critical of the court room drama that was wrong. Then there was the sense of being deceived with the "surprise" ending that contradicted hours of listening and seemed just plain wrong.

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